We use a lot of plastic bags. “Worldwide, consumers use an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags each year — nearly 2 million a minute — with the use time of a typical bag just 12 minutes.” So it comes as good news that California just became the first state to pass a bill banning plastic bags from grocery and retail stores. But as MoJo explains, other kinds of bags also have an extreme environmental impact.

+ In Austin, a college professor wanted to teach his students the value of decreasing one’s environmental impact. So he moved out of his house and into a dumpster. (Looks fine to me as long as its got decent WiFi.)